McGuinty government outlines steps to improve accessibility on International Day of Disabled Persons

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McGuinty government outlines steps to improve accessibility on International Day of Disabled Persons

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

TORONTO, Dec. 3 - The McGuinty government is delivering positive change to Ontario by holding consultations on strengthening the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) beginning early in the new year, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Marie Bountrogianni announced today, the International Day of Disabled Persons. "Our government will work with Ontarians with disabilities on meaningful and effective legislation that will allow them to fully participate in building a stronger province," Bountrogianni said. "Early stakeholder input will play an important role in identifying areas of the ODA that need to be strengthened or changed." The ODA was passed in December 2001 to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities. Beginning in January, Minister Bountrogianni, responsible for the ODA, and her parliamentary assistant, Dr. Kuldip Kular, will meet with a diverse range of stakeholders on ways to strengthen the ODA. "We want to hear from all sectors, public and private. We will be seeking their input and their experience because full accessibility benefits all of us," said Bountrogianni. The United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Disabled Persons in 1992 to promote understanding about disability issues and to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of disabled persons in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Disponible en fran├žais For more information, visit www.gov.on.ca/citizenshipFor further information: Contacts: Anne Boody, Minister Office, (416) 325-6207; Tania Denesiuk, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7386